Researchers in Hanover believe that they have developed the concept car of the future. The CeBit show in Germany featured an egg-shaped vehicle dubbed the NAME. Industry analysts are hopeful for a future where driverless cars interact with wireless networks to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. This would theoretically make traffic signals unnecessary. The vehicles would be made of lightweight material that would allow them to collapse into tiny parking crevices.
According to the general manager of the team behind Microsoft Windows Embedded, automakers would focus more on entertaining riders. Apparently the term drivers would no longer be necessary. BMW, Ford and other automakers connected with the project could provide cloud-computing technology to deliver video games or music to passengers wirelessly. If they aren’t the type to easily get motion sick, riders could also catch a few extra minutes of work.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence designed the NAME. It claims that automobiles in the city could be rotated at 90-degree angles to squeeze them into tight spaces. That’s certainly good news for anyone who complains they can’t find a parking spot. Dashboard technology used in the vehicle resembles touch screens that appear on mobile phones. Cameras and lasers would be installed to prevent collisions with other vehicles. Some cars could be extended to allow up to four passengers to enjoy the futuristic ride. It doesn’t seem like anyone has rushed to give the NAME a driver’s license just yet, however.
General Motors has genuinely expressed interests in allowing drivers to interact with onboard personal computer installations. This would be a serious shift in policy from telling drivers not to text while driving. Since self-driving cars seem to still be in the prototype stage, people shouldn’t break this cardinal rule.
Some individuals are probably quite critical of these seemingly fantastical assumptions. Many people remember how journalists constantly talked about flying cars. People have become jaded to industrial promises. On the other hand, individuals in the world of computers have constantly been critical of any technology they deem to be bloated.
Using cloud computing to deliver content to passengers might seem unnecessary. Some people could be critical of automotive research into fields besides fuel efficiency or safety. Other commentators are probably weary of any self-driving robotic technology. However, the interest in these designs has proven to be relatively popular. Whether driven by science fiction or Google’s automatic cars, consumers of the future might have a variety of strange options available to them.